Michael Russo

Reporter | Wild, NHL
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Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.

Recent content from Michael Russo

Wild must dig deep to avoid playoff elimination

Win-or-go-home pressure serves as lesson even for Wild’s veterans.

Updated: May 13, 2014, - 04:53 PM

Chicago answers early goal, rallies to put Wild on the edge

An early Wild lead couldn’t hold up as Jonathan Toews scored the winner in the third period. Game 6 on Tuesday is a must-win for Wild.

Updated: May 12, 2014, - 12:10 PM

Penalty was a rarity for Wild's Spurgeon

CHICAGO – When Jared Spurgeon got a minor penalty for elbowing Chicago’s Marcus Kruger in Game 4 on Friday night,...

Updated: May 12, 2014, - 12:15 AM

Tricky mix of confidence, respect fuels Wild against Chicago

Home wins are Game 5 motivation, but team knows the Blackhawks won’t go meekly.

Updated: May 11, 2014, - 07:34 PM

Wild dominates Blackhawks on both ends to even series

The Wild, 5-0 at home in the playoffs with five goals allowed, found an extra gear and tied the series.

Updated: May 10, 2014, - 06:26 AM

Cooke returns to playoff action after suspension

Matt Cooke made his long-anticipated return to the Wild’s lineup Friday night after serving his seven-game suspension for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Updated: May 10, 2014, - 05:45 AM

Wild sees critics as falling for the same old trap

Slowdown style of Game 3 wasn’t Minnesota’s alone.

Updated: May 09, 2014, - 07:53 AM

Suter in, Moulson out for Game 4

Ryan Suter practiced and showed no lingering effects of an arm injury from Tuesday’s Game 3. Matt Moulson will be out with a lower-body injury.

Updated: May 09, 2014, - 01:19 AM

2011: The NHL's concussion dilemma

Solutions are elusive as the league seeks what might be impossible: making the game safer without sacrificing speed.

Updated: May 08, 2014, - 10:57 PM

Wild climbs back into series with four-goal 3rd period burst

Ignited by the ‘Flying Finns’ Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund, the Wild rolled during the third period to cut Chicago's lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.

Updated: May 07, 2014, - 06:33 AM

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